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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bird Struck! California Condor

Family Devotional

Day Twenty-Nine

“For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:5

The California Condor is the largest soaring bird in North America. Despite their size, these giant birds fly in a steady pattern of flight unlike other vultures that tend to appear wobbly.

Their steadiness extends to their habits as well. They are monogamous and stay with their mates for life. It takes sixty days for an egg to incubate and up to a year before a young condor can survive on its own. Both parents remain faithful in the process.

In the 1800s this species existed all throughout the West as far north as Alberta, Canada, and as far south as Baja, Mexico. But like many other species that were once abundant, they were reduced almost to extinction.

In Jesus’ time there were certain occupations that were also considered “unclean” and their workers had to live apart from the community. A tanner fell into this category. Peter himself stayed as a guest in a tanner’s home showing that these people were just as acceptable to God as anyone else.

It was there that Peter had a vision that helped him realize that God also loved the Gentiles too, even though they were considered “unclean” like the tanners.           

1. Some jobs are hard to do because they feel disgusting. What chores do you think are the hardest to do? Offer to help someone in your family do them so you can both finish faster.

2. Be extra nice to people at your school or in your neighborhood who are willing to do the yucky jobs. Say thank you.

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Matthew 7:12
Matthew 15:10-11
1 Corinthians 12:12-26

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